Corvettes go for number eight at Le Mans
No argument: The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the toughest, most competitive sports car endurance race in the world. But Corvette Racing is ready for the twice-around-the-clock event this weekend at the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe in France.
The two-car Compuware Corvette CR.6s are in an excellent position to bring home Corvette’s eighth victory, backing up the 2011 GTE-Pro class victory by the number 73 car. Competition will be tougher than ever against factory-backed teams representing Ferrari, Porsche, and Aston Martin.
Why the confidence? The Corvettes finished first and second at the American Le Mans Series race in May at Laguna Seca in California, the last race before Le Mans. And at the official test day at Le Mans earlier this month, one of the Corvettes emerged with the fastest time in the class.
“All of the drivers are really comfortable with the cars,” said team manager Gary Pratt noted. “They feel they can be aggressive and attack the course. That’s a great way to have a car to start the race.”
Those six drivers have a combined 12 class victories at Le mans. In the number 73 car, Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen are teamed with the young Jordan Taylor. Tommy Milner has moved to the number 74 Compuware Corvette C6.R alongside Oliver Gavin and Richard Westbrook. Westbrook, incidentally, won the most recent Grand-Am series race, co-driving the Spirit of America Corvette to victory at Mid-Ohio.
Last year, Corvette fans were able to watch the action live online via an onboard camera on the number 73 car. This year, both cars have live onboard cameras, and there’s a third camera in the Corvette pits.
Ride on board the Corvette C6.R’s for the entire 24 hours at speedtv.com/corvette, and follow live updates on Twitter @corvetteracing.